Like all of you, the Chamber is sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts both business and community. Without doubt, we are in uncharted waters. It is critical we work together to communicate a clear message - Castle Rock is OPEN for Business! The way we deliver may look differently, yet our doors are OPEN.
The best way to navigate the rocky waters is through communication and facts, not fear and panic. As such, we plan to do our part to keep an open line of communication to you about the adjustments we are making AND commit to keeping you informed on the latest business-based impacts that could prove helpful to your business and our community. We understand that there is a lot of information flow right now and you need a trusted source to share the facts, as they are available. Our commitment is to share as much information as possible and provide you with a one-stop well sourced information desk at COVID-19.
First, The Chamber.
*We have made the decision to Cancel the following events:
Business Unwind! @ANB Bank, Wednesday Mar 18, 2020
Member Orientation, Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
Ribbon Cutting, Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
*We have made the decision to Postpone the following events:
- Career Fair,
Monday, Mar 30, 2020 New Date TBD
- Horizon Breakfast,
April 7, 2020 New Date TBD
- Women of Influence,
April 29, 2020 New Date TBD
*We have made the decision to hold Virtual Online Classes, via Zoom for the following events:
*We have made the decision to Reschedule the following events:
- Annual Banquet & Awards Gala,
April 25, 2020 New Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
*Given the uncertain time-frame of concern, we are exploring options for all future events including postponements, on-line opportunities or cancellations. We are very proud of the quality of content in our 2020 programming line-up and are working to do everything we can to deliver it to you in a traditional or new platform.
*For as long as the COVID-19 concerns last, all our weekly Tuesday Chamber Chatter emails will have the latest news and business-based resources and tips included in them. If you have employees you want to ensure receive these communications, contact Sue Turner at Sue@castlerock.org.
Second, Your Business.
*We have created a landing page at https://castlerock.org/covid-19/ that we are continually adding resources as part of our commitment to be your partner in managing this challenge. On the landing page, we are also inviting you to send us your best practices so we can post them on our website as a valuable resource to others.
*We are asking you to leverage our social media support by tagging the @CastleRockChamber page on FB; https://www.facebook.com/CastleRockChamber/. We are seeking best practices on pandemic preparedness, business interruption plans, and how your business is modifying delivering products and services.
*We are asking you to send us your press releases to Melissa Mares, Melissa@castlerock.org. She will post them on our website.
Third, the Community.
We fully recognize that this unfolding situation has everyone feeling anxious. Yet, again, I ask that you be guided by facts and do your part to promote calm and, quite frankly, commerce.
We are all in this together and that fact alone is what gives me confidence in what I believe is Douglas County's unique ability to handle these circumstances. Start with you. Use common sense when dealing with crowds, wash your hands and get some sleep. Stay healthy.
Once you're taking care of yourself, take a moment to think of other businesses that need your ongoing support. We simply cannot let fear get in the way of commerce. If ever there was a time for the business community to think about the community's business, now is that time! Maybe you don't want to go out to dinner, but how about grabbing some take-out from that same small business that needs your support? Before you cut back on anyone's hours, take a moment to think about a project you've been meaning to get at for years and assign it to that employee. Maybe instead of hosting that staff party, you have the caterer make to-go lunches/dinners for your employees to enjoy at home?
In other words, please be safe; but please don't shut down. You and our entire community will be the better for it.
We will get through this together and we will return to normal soon. In the meantime, let's take care of ourselves and let's help each other, just as Douglas Countians always do!
Pam Ridler, CCE
Castle Rock Chamber President/CEO